Supervisors' responses to pregnant supervisees

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This study examines supervisors' reactions to their pregnant supervisees. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with social work supervisees who were pregnant for the first time during fieldwork training. The interviewees were either in the ninth month (N=5) or 2 to12 months after delivery (N=5). Content analysis revealed three themes regarding supervisory functioning: supervisors' initial responses to the pregnancy disclosure, supervisors' methods of supervision, and supervisees' explanations concerning the supervision modes. Analysis revealed that initial responses were personal and/or professional, and three modes of ongoing professional reactions emerged: avoidant, educational, and therapeutic. Explanations for supervisors' reactions are discussed along with implications for social work supervision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-19
Number of pages17
JournalThe Clinical Supervisor
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2009


  • Field supervisors
  • Field work training
  • Pregnancy disclosure
  • Pregnant supervisee
  • Social work supervision


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